How is Molluscum Contagiosum treated?

Often the preferred treatment is to let the condition resolve itself. However, especially in adults, the bumps are often removed surgically to prevent transmission. Methods used include:

  • Freezing
  • Laser
  • Scraping

Medications used to remove warts may also be recommended.

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Recovery Time

Without treatment, healthy people can have symptoms disappear in 6-12 months. However, the virus itself may stay in the person's body for many years.

Sexual Activity

As the virus is easily spread and not generally covered by condoms, sexual activity should be avoided until all symptoms are resolved.

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. The virus has to run its course.

Type of Infection

Viral. The infection is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus - a member of the poxvirus family.

How is it treated?

Removal. Sometimes no treatment is given. Other times the bumps are removed (scraping, laser, freezing).

Recovery Time

6 to 12 months. Untreated symptoms can disappear in 6-12 months.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until all symptoms have resolved.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. People can be re-infected with the virus repeatedly.